Archive for November, 2010

Children in Need – Thank you

Thank you to all of those that paid their library fnes on Friday for Children in Need.

You raised a grand total of £206.70


November 24, 2010 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

Now available on the SGUL Library website

Are you having problems accessing NHS journals? Unsure how to search the NHS Healthcare databases? Do you need an Athens password but are unsure how to get one? Find out how to do all these things and more by going to the How do I section of the website and selecting one of our short tutorials to guide you through.

Alternatively to go straight through to these tutorials click on the links below.

How do I register for an NHS Athens account?
How do I access NHS Athens resources?
How do I access the NHS Healthcare Databases?
How do I search using the NHS Healthcare databases?
How do I access NHS journals?

Please note these tutorials were created to give help specifically  in accessing NHS resources.  Please browse the “How do I”  pages for further tutorials on accessing and using SGUL resources.

There is also a selection of help sheets available to download from the How to pages of the SGUL website.

November 16, 2010 at 12:52 pm Leave a comment

Donate your library fines to Children in Need. Friday 19th November

Pay your overdue fines* at the Library Helpdesk on Friday 19th November and we will donate the total to the BBCs Children in Need campaign.

*Excludes invoice payments for lost or damaged library stock.

November 12, 2010 at 10:46 am Leave a comment

Accessing information via your Mobile

Smartphones such as the iphone, blackberry, android etc. allow the user to not only access the internet but increasingly to install and run special applications that help them to find and access information wherever and whenever they need to.

Finding and accessing information on the go is not a new concept to many healthcare professionals who require uptodate, evidence based resources at the point of care.  Having access to such resources via a mobile device could potentially allow practitioners to make quicker decisions regarding patient care than ever before.

Having access to websites, journal articles, evidence based tools and others resources via a device in your pocket is a potential time saver for practioners and students alike enabling them to search, access and read valuable information on the go.

This guide aims to give students and practitioners a brief introduction to some of the resources available via their own smart phone.

Accessing the internet…

Smartphones enable you to access the internet wherever you are. Contracted terms and condition from your provider will apply.

Mobile webpages.

Many sites provide a mobile friendly version of their webpages to make them easier to view and to use via your phone.

Below are a list of just some useful mobile webpages:


Provides a mobile friendly search page go to on your mobile’s browser and select the “mobile” option.  Or go to to learn what other apps this search engine can provide for you.

National Library of Medicine/PubMed for Handhelds
This link provides a simplified search screen to allow you to search Pubmed easily on your phone.

Pubget Mobile
This page allows you to carry out a simple search of Medline via your mobile.  It also allows you to view the contents of the latest edition of a small selection of journals.
If the full text version of an article is available it will display a PDF link. Clicking on this link should allow you to view the full article where available.

NHS Evidence

Simple search interface to allow you ro search NHS evidence from an internet enabled phone.


Clinial Knowledge Summaries (CKS)

CKS can be accessed by web-enabled hand-held devices such as PDAs and SmartPhones. Visit the CKS mobile site to start searching.


iPhone Apps

Student BMJ

The Student BMJ app from the BMJ Group enables you to read the latest medical news, digest research on the move or check out medical events relevant to you. You can also listen to the latest podcasts, read blogs by medical students and leading medical figures, and take advantage of invaluable careers advice.

The app is free of charge and updated regularly. Download the Student BMJ app now from itunes  App Store.

BMJ Careers
The BMJ Careers app is the ideal job search tool for doctors seeking their next medical role. BMJ Careers from BMJ Group enables you to find your next job quickly and easily when you’re on the go.

The app is free of charge and updated regularly. Download the Student BMJ app now from the App Store.

Differential Diagnosis
Differential Diagnosis from the BMJ Group provides healthcare professionals with essential mobile decision support information from web tools Best Practice and Clinical Evidence.

Healthcare practitioners and students can use the Differential Diagnosis app to check evaluation and diagnosis decisions, and ensure that the appropriate tests are ordered.

Please note this App costs £4.99 to download from the App Store

PubMed on Tap/ Pubmed  on Tap lite

Lets you search PubMed while on the go. Full version can be downloaded for £1.79 from the App Store.

“Lite” version is free, but this version only lets you view 10 abstracts.

Android Apps

PubMed Mobile
Allows Android users to search  pubmed from their phone.

Coming soon…

SGUL Library Catalogue via your smart phone.

View your record, renew your loans via a handy app installed on your phone.  Please keep reading our blog/facebook pages for further information.

November 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Self service book borrowing and returning has changed.

The library is introducing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in the books to make borrowing easier for you.

To borrow:

Scan your ID card

Place your unopened books  in the ‘V’ one at a time.

Wait for the ‘clunk’ sound.

When finished select ‘print receipt’, ‘email receipt’ or ‘no receipt’.

To return books: 

Select return on the screen.  

Place your unopened books one  at a time in the ‘V’. 

Wait for the ‘clunk’ sound.

Select ‘receipt’ or ‘no receipt’.

Put your books in the box to the right. 

Coming soon. 

Returning books

Returning your books will be even easier.

In December, to return your books you will drop them in the new returns slot under the plasma screen in the foyer. This will automatically discharge them from your card.

Self service fine payment.

In January you will be able to pay our fines without coming to the desk.

We are having self-service fine boxes installed next to the self-service machines. 

Please watch this space for more information.

November 8, 2010 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

Take part in the ‘NHS Evidence and Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Survey’

NHS Evidence is teaming up with the RCN to conduct a survey to understand the information searching needs and behaviours of nurses and health care assistants (HCAs).  The survey explores how you access and use health and social care resources, including any barriers you have experienced.
Complete the survey online at:
Alternatively, request a paper copy by emailing

November 5, 2010 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Donate your Library fines to charity. Friday 5th November

Pay your overdue fines* at the Library Helpdesk this Friday and we will donate the total to the students Charity Week Collection.

*Excludes invoice payments for lost or damaged library stock.

November 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

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